This is another case where the hardcover book would be much preferable to the Kindle Fire version if one were willing to pay the difference in price. First, Gerry Souter's account of Hopper's life, his art, and his stormy relationship with wife Jo (why did she stay with this guy?) are told in a straightforward manner. Souter describes with words each of Hopper's major works and their backstory. Psychoanalysis of the man and the painting are brief and to the point.
Unfortunately, in my Kindle Fire, the paintings themselves are shown more or less randomly, not chronologically, throughout the book. For example, Railroad Sunset (1929) and Classic Landscape (1931) are found along with Souter's account of Hopper just before WWI. Nighthawks (1942) is shown well before the text describing this classic American painting, certainly Hopper's most famous work. It also does not help that Nighthawks and many other images are split into two halves, which detracts from the overall appreciation of the painting. There is a List of Illustrations at the back of the Kindle version, but with no indication where they are to be found in the book. Finally, the Notes are not highlighted; it is not possible to tap the # of the note, go to the back and read it, then tap the # again to return to the page one was reading.
In other words, a B+ for the book, a D- for the Kindle presentation.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 12103 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Parkstone International; Parkstone edition (15 September 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016XN1434
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 3 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,032,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)